Does anyone have any experience with Solar panels? For the past few winters I have ran a 100 Ft extension cord to the dog kennel So I can use the heated water bowl to keep the water from freezing. It is a royal pain in th but and I usually ruin a cord a year (dog chews it, trip over it, or this year I took it out with the Christmas tree... don't ask ) Anyway I have really toyed with the idea of putting a solar panel unit on the roof of the kennel for the soul purpose of running the water buckets. In the warmer months maybe have a light out there that I could run off of it, but that would not be the primary use of it.
I am curious if anyone has set up this type of system, how difficult it is, how dependable it is and the expense involved.
Also how well do they do in cloud cover vs. bright sunny days? Cloud cover would be when I would need the power the most...